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Eric Garner died while being arrested by police in Staten Island on Thursday, July 17, 2014. Several years ago, I found myself questioning the validity of news accounts that suggested that white police officers were choosing to exercise lethal force when interacting with black male suspects. After locating reliable sources for police killing data, my colleagues and I began collecting and processing data for 2014 and 2015. Based on analysis of every use of deadly force by police officer...
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by on August 13, 2018
FBI Agent Peter Strzok The FBI has fired agent Peter Strzok, who helped lead the bureau’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election until officials discovered he had been sending anti-Trump texts. Aitan Goelman, Strzok’s lawyer, said FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowdich ordered the firing on Friday — even though the director of the FBI office that normally handles employee discipline had decided Strzok should face only a demotion and 60-day suspension. Goelman said t...
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by on August 12, 2018
Two 11-year-old children, shown here, were able to hack into a replica of the Florida secretary of state on Friday during the annual hacking conference, DEFCON.  An 11-year-old boy on Friday was able to hack into a replica of the Florida state election website and change voting results found there in under 10 minutes during the world’s largest yearly hacking convention, DEFCON 26, organizers of the event said. Thousands of adult hackers attend the convention annually, while this year a...
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by on August 8, 2018
Manafort, Collins, Ross. The entire Trump era has been a festering pit of barely disguised ongoing corruption. But the whole sordid era has not had a 24-hour period quite like the orgy of criminality which we have just experienced. The events of the last day alone include: (1) The trial of Paul Manafort, which has featured the accusation that President Trump’s campaign manager had embezzled funds, failed to report income, and falsified documents. His partner and fellow Trump campaign a...
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by on August 4, 2018
The formal complaints against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions filed by fellow United Methodists under church law have been dismissed by a district superintendent. Alabama-West Florida Conference Bishop David Graves said in a statement that he and his cabinet agreed with the decision by the Rev. Debora Bishop, superintendent of the Mobile, Alabama, District. The district includes Sessions’ home church in Mobile. In June, more than 600 United Methodists sought to bring charges against Se...
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by on August 3, 2018
A homeless man sits on the sidewalk on a frigid day in Manhattan in December 2017 The economics of housing the homeless is a tricky equation, especially in New York City, which has a right-to-shelter mandate, meaning the city has to provide a temporary bed to anyone who needs it. Because of demand, the city often houses people in apartments and hotels where accommodations can be spotty and social services nonexistent. But one shelter in the Bronx, called Landing Road Residence, is ...
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by on August 2, 2018
A student accused of stabbing and killing a classmate in 2017 at Urban Assembly for Wildlife Conservation in the Bronx said he was the victim of bullying. The school, which has since been closed, shared a building with P.S. 67. A legal settlement calling on the education department to do more to address bullying in schools was approved this week by a judge, despite objections from advocates. The settlement was announced in March, but the Legal Aid Society challenged the agreement. Lawy...
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by on August 2, 2018
The mother stock lasts four to six months before it has to be replaced. Gov. Andrew Cuomo created a new state panel Thursday that will come up with legislation to legalize marijuana New York, marking the state's latest step toward allowing the drug for recreational purposes. The 20-person workgroup — filled with Cuomo administration officials, college professors and law enforcement officers — will be tasked with crafting a bill to allow recreational marijuana for state lawmakers to con...
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by on August 1, 2018
Some of the worst water tanks are in the city’s public housing, cleaners say. Birds and insects were found inside the water tanks atop NYCHA’s Elliott housing development in 2017. The evidence of contamination was there in black and white – until it disappeared. The New York City Housing Authority’s handwritten “Annual Roof Tank Inspection Reports” chronicle a history of tainted drinking water tanks that the housing agency failed to report to city health officials, according to an e...
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by on August 1, 2018
Assemblyman Richard Gottfried declared the RAND report a “triumph” and said he would raise the taxes on high-income earners to protect low-income earners. A bill that would establish a single-payer health system in New York is financially feasible and could curtail spending in future years, if assumptions that range from the questionable to the improbable take place, according to a long-awaited study unveiled Wednesday. The New York Health Act would provide universal insurance coverage...
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by on July 31, 2018
As of midnight Wednesday, instructions to build a 3D-printed firearm will be accessible to the public. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., leaves after speaking at the Senate Democrats’ downloadable 3D printed guns news conference in the Capitol on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. With the clock ticking toward the release of publishable blueprints of 3D-printed guns, Democrats held a press conference Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to implore the White House to stop it. As of Wednes...
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by on July 31, 2018
A new study that puts an astronomical price tag on a Medicare-for-all proposal has prompted mockery from conservatives and defensive cries from liberals. The analysis, from the libertarian-leaning Mercatus Center at George Mason University, focuses on legislation introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and estimates that his proposal to create a national health insurance system would lead to a $32.6 trillion increase in federal spending over a 10-year period. The eye-popping figure i...
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by on July 30, 2018
Local campaigns certainly need the digital expertise. Upset about "everything" in the outcome of the 2016 election, data scientist Anela Chan wanted to use her tech skills in some way to make sure future elections turned out differently. A veteran of Tumblr now working at a large media company in New York, Chan hooked up with Tech for Campaigns, which calls itself "the digital arm for progressive and centrist campaigns." In 2017 she helped a Democratic candidate for the Virginia House of ...
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by on July 30, 2018
  Cynthia Nixon is banking on energized activists to turn out for her in the September gubernatorial primary. Cynthia Nixon’s insurgent bid to unseat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will get a lift on Monday: The national arm of Indivisible, the liberal grass-roots network that sprang up following the election of President Trump, will endorse her. The endorsement comes a day after Ms. Nixon announced she was backing Jumaane Williams, a New York City councilman from Brooklyn, for lieutenant gov...
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by on July 27, 2018
As right-wing populism spreads across the Western world, some say we're witnessing a democratic rebellion of the people against an anti-democratic, technocratic, elitist establishment. In Europe, where the EU superimposes an often anti-democratic, transnational bureaucracy on top of national electorates, and where anti-Brussels populists have formed majority coalition governments with established center-right parties in several countries, this story has some plausibility. But this isn't t...
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by on July 25, 2018
The protesters unfurled a banner reading "return the children" as they blocked Fifth Avenue traffic. Protesters were arrested Wednesday in Midtown Manhattan after unfurling a banner reading "return the children" in front of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, protest organizers and witnesses said. Activists from the group Rise and Resist — which has held several protests in and around Trump Tower — blocked off Fifth Avenue at the intersection of East 56th Street around 1:30 p.m., protest orga...
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by on July 25, 2018
A federal judge on Wednesday rejected President Trump’s latest effort to stop a lawsuit that alleges Trump is violating the Constitution by continuing to do business with foreign governments. The ruling, from U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte in Greenbelt, Md., will allow the plaintiffs — the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia — to proceed with their case, which says Trump has violated little-used anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution known as the emolume...
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by on July 24, 2018
Bronx Private Industry Council formed to benefit employers and local talent Judy Dimon (middle) at the HERE to HERE office As businesses and investors make their way into New York City neighborhoods that were not on their radar 10 or 15 years ago, they have a responsibility to be good neighbors and community members. This is especially true when it comes to the Bronx, which has been host to more than $15.4 billion in total development since 2009. It is the obligation of elected leaders...
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by on July 24, 2018
The founder of the “Walk Away” movement, which encourages ordinary Americans to upload videos and photos of themselves saying they have left the Democratic Party, said that the claims it is a “Russian bot” campaign are false. Brandon Straka, the founder of the "Walk Away" movement. “The recent attempts by left-wing media to invalidate the real testimonials, feelings, and experiences of the real people who have joined the #WalkAway Campaign is yet another desperate denial of the reality...
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by on July 24, 2018
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort arrives with his wife, Kathleen Manafort, at court in Alexandria, Va., on March 8. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press) A federal judge in Alexandria, Va., approved special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s request on Monday to grant immunity to five witnesses set to testify in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III also moved the start of the trial from Wednesday to July 31, according to...
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by on July 23, 2018
When it comes to social policy, President Trump embraces conservative politics as usual, continuing a nearly four-decades-long effort to make these policies more restrictive. Earlier this month, the White House Council of Economic Advisers called for more “welfare reform,” which would be accomplished by expanding work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“food stamps”), Medicaid and rental housing assistance programs. Mr. Trump and his conservative allies in Con...
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by on July 22, 2018
President Trump is not only poised to put his conservative imprint on the Supreme Court, but he’s restocking vacancies throughout lower US courts at a historic clip, ensuring a judicial legacy that will last decades. Trump has appointed 44 judges since taking office — including more appellate judges than any president in American history at this point in his tenure. He has another 88 nominees currently pending before the US Senate; and with an aging federal bench, future opportunities wil...
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by on July 22, 2018
"The immense and complicated problem of global warming" isn't a question for the courts, the judge said. Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a bill signing ceremony in the Governor's Room at City Hall, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Photo Credit: Jeff Bachner A federal judge has rejected Mayor Bill de Blasio’s multibillion-dollar lawsuit against some of the biggest oil and gas companies to recover what New York City claims it is spending to combat climate change. Addressing a matter such as “...
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by on July 22, 2018
Piles of trash just inside the entrance to the Metropolitan Waste Transfer Station. Photo by Olivia Schwob. Each day, in the daylight, employees of the Department of Sanitation pick up 12,000 tons of trashgenerated by homes and residences. But the waste generated by businesses, offices, and restaurants — roughly 5.5 million tons annually — is someone else’s business. Those who work for “hauling” or “carting” companies in the private sanitation industry must lift, sling, transport, and dum...
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